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Band 5 Rotational Occupational Therapist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum, including high cost area
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
King's College NHS Foundation Trust has a large Therapy department with 300 + staff from Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy. Each service is organised under a Head of Profession with a Chief of Therapies heading up the service and representing Therapies across the Trust. The department has well-established traditions of supporting learning and development, which ensures all staff are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to reach their full potential.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated HCPC registered occupational therapists to join our comprehensive band 5 rotational scheme. The rotation posts, apart from Hand Therapy, are 6 months in duration and offer the opportunity to increase clinical skills and knowledge in a wide variety of clinical areas across many physical health specialities. The rotations cover:

King's is one of the country's leading teaching hospitals, which makes it a dynamic and forward thinking place to work. It offers an excellent learning environment, and easy access to the Medical School library and other training facilities. Successful candidates will be offered a range of training opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The band 5 rotation at the Princess Royal University Hospital includes the following rotations:

Acute Medicine

Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics

Stroke Unit

Elderly Care


Specialist Medicine

Elective SurgeryNeuro Rehabilitation

The post holder will ensure the provisions are made for a high quality service for all patients that require Occupational Therapy. They will carry a caseload of complex patients using evidence based practise and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. The post holder will be required to develop links with other departments and to facilitate a multidisciplinary team approach. The post requires a flexible approach to working and requires the post holder to undertake weekend commitments as required.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with the following skills, experience and interests:
  • Qualification in Occupational Therapy with HCPC registration (or awaiting)
  • An interest in working with patients in the acute setting and within an outpatient service
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Clear and concise report writing
  • Approachable
  • Able to appropriately prioritise a caseload of patients
  • Ability to cope with stress

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To assess and treat patients with complex needs who would benefit from specialist intervention provided by an Occupational Therapist, both in a hospital and in community settings
  • To prioritise and accept appropriate referrals
  • To plan, organise and implement appropriate treatment programs
  • To complete and record risk assessment appropriately and act upon this
  • To implement treatment within local guidelines, Royal College of Occupational Therapy standards and clinical governance
  • To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with clients and carers, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals
  • To select evidence based techniques as part of a coordinated treatment program
  • To reflect on treatment provided and adapt treatment accordingly
  • To advise clients and carers on specific aids, equipment and adaptations and recommend provisions
  • To respect the individuality, values, culture and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner and display appropriate problem solving, analytical and judgement skills.
  • To comply with all relevant trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to equal opportunities, health and safety and confidentiality of information.

Communication and Documentation
  • To communicate complex information to patients who may have barriers to understandin
  • To communicate complex and emotive information to patients families and carers, and support with discussions and decisions around care planning and discharg
  • To make appropriate clinical observations and keep accurate records of assessments and interventions in accordance with local and national guidelines
  • To compile clear assessment reports and recommendations for future care, for the multi-disciplinary team and other external agencies
  • To actively contribute and coordinate multi-disciplinary working, including client related meetings e.g. case conference.

Service Development
  • To have an awareness of service development initiatives and support with projects within the team as required

Professional Ethics
  • To comply with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and procedures

Professional Development
  • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

  • To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects as required.


The post holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and well-being and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.

To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.

To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.

To be responsible, with management support, for their own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.

This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holder.

All employees must hold an email account which will be the Trusts formal route for email communication. You are therefore required to check this regularly and to deal with such communication promptly.

Infection Control Statement

The post holder has an important responsibility for and contribution to make to infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role.

These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures, which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training. These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.

Person Specification



  • Dip RCOT or Degree State Registration
  • HCPC registered or applied for


  • Experience of working with medical patients

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Royal University Hospital

Farnborough Common



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